John Dowland – Praeludium 98

A short piece originally for Lute by John Dowland (1562 – 1626).

Drew Henderson – Nocturne “Reverie” by Giulio Regondi

Privileged to be one of Drew’s Skype students and to be continually inspired by his masterful playing!

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez. Ricardo Gallén

The Concierto de Aranjuez was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the spring resort palace and gardens built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The work attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature.

According to the composer, the first movement is “animated by a rhythmic spirit and vigour without either of the two themes… interrupting its relentless pace”; the second movement “represents a dialogue between guitar and solo instruments (cor anglais, bassoon,oboe, horn etc.)”; and the last movement “recalls a courtly dance in which the combination of double and triple time maintains a taut tempo right to the closing bar.” He described the concerto itself as capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the gardens of Aranjuez.

Rodrigo and his wife Victoria stayed silent for many years about the inspiration for the second movement, and thus the popular belief grew that it was inspired by the bombing of Guernica in 1937. In her autobiography, Victoria eventually declared that it was both an evocation of the happy days of their honeymoon and a response to Rodrigo’s devastation at the miscarriage of their first pregnancy. It was composed in 1939 in Paris.

Ricardo Gallén is a distinguished guitarist and teacher as his  inspiring and innovative interpretation of this masterpiece makes clear.


Gabriel’s Oboe

Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the 1986 film, “The Mission,” has always been a favorite of mine. The hauntingly simple melody of “Gabriel’s Oboe” has been covered on just about every instrument you can imagine. An Italian guitarist, Mauro De Domenico, has recorded a lovely arrangement of the piece for guitar and orchestra. I had to play it. I’ve added a string arrangement using my Logic Pro set-up.  Be sure to select HD @ 1080.


Se Ela Perguntar “If I Should Ask Her”

A lovely waltz by Brazilian composer/guitarist, Dilermando Reis.

God Is Our Righteousness – Guitar and Organ

This is a rehearsal video of a wonderful composition by Chris DeBlasio for Guitar and Organ.  It was a pleasure to perform this duet with Dr. David Kelley at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia


Bread For The Wilderness, Wine For The Journey

Here’s a collection of eight songs I composed way back in 1983 while Interim Rector of Church of the Apostles – Fairfax, Virginia.  I recently went back to Bias Studios in Springfield, VA where the album was recorded and had the tracks remastered from the master tapes to digital format.

The album brings back a flood of great memories for me. I had nice hair! I let it rip here and there on my Les Paul and even arranged an accompaniment for a live string quartet on the final track.  It was an innocent time of faith for me and yet the joy of finding Christ as bread for the wilderness and wine for the journey still rings strongly for me in these songs.

My twin brother Rob played all the drum tracks for this album and contributed the musical refrain on “A Song of Eucharist.”

My friend, and now noted author Brian McLaren, was kind enough to write a review of the album for a Christian newspaper circulated in the Washington area at the time.

‘This album has a gentle and warm tone, though Bread/Wine involves more complex instrumentation and arrangement.  Similar to Phil Keaggy in both style and quality of production, Rick shows himself here as a fine guitarist and able songwriter.”  Brian McLaren

Purchase and download the album here

S.L. Weiss – Gigue from Sonata 34 in E Minor

Final movement from the Sonata written by S.L. Weiss in 1720.


Johan Fostier plays Estilo Pampeano by Abel Fleury

Abel Fleury (1903-1958) was an Argentinian composer and guitarist. Johan Fostier offers a wonderful performance of one of Fluery’s most popular pieces, “Estilo Pampeano” (Pampeano Style).

My Life As A One-Man Band | Tommy Emmanuel | TEDxMelbourne

Take a 20 minute break and enjoy this video.  Tommy Emmanuel created a life for himself as a one-man band and has become one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With light vim and pure talent, he demonstrates his unique playing style, which is notably a development of the Travis picking technique and blending of rhythm and melody.